Homecoming football game: CMU dominates
On Homecoming Saturday, clouds rolled into the sky as the Carnegie Mellon University football team faced off against the Thiel College Tomcats. In the first quarter, sophomore Brandon Nguyen opened the scoring with a 31-yard field goal making the game 3-0. With 13 minutes left in the first half, the Tartans had pushed the score to 17-0 with two touchdowns on short runs after long drives.
The first came from a two-yard run from senior Chris Haas and the second came from a one-yard keeper by junior quarterback JD Dayhuff. By the end of the first half, the score was 30-0 thanks to a connection between Dayhuff and junior Alec Oshita on a 25-yard strike that pushed the score to 23-0. The duo linked up again for another 25-yard touchdown pass, leaving the scoreboard at 30-0 before the half. The game was assuredly in the Tartan's hands.
Less than a minute into the third quarter, junior Luke Bikulege ran for a four-yard touchdown to push the score to 37-0, and with just four minutes left in the third quarter, junior placekicker Zack Shirk made the score 40-0 with his first career field goal. Thiel’s first run-in with the scoreboard came in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard touchdown pass to make the score 40-7. This victory made the Tartans 6-2 overall and the Tomcats 0-8 overall. The Tartans ended the game with the same electricity it began; the Tartans never slowed down and shut out the Tomcats for the majority of the game.
Defensively, the Tartan secondary held Thiel to 182 yards of total offense. This is the third time this season that the Tartan defense has held the opposing team to less than 200 yards for an average of 273.9 yards allowed per game, but the defense is averaging only 12 points allowed per game. Senior Michael Lohmeier led the way in number of defensive tackles finishing with ten. The Tartans defense held off the Tomcats offense to two straight three-and-outs, giving the Tartans offense the opportunity to take advantage of each of their possessions and widen the score gap between the two teams.
Offensively, Dayhuff threw for 225 yards, and Oshita was the top receiver for Dayhuff, garnering 88 yards through the air. Junior Sean Cooke led the rushing attack with 44 yards.
In the end, the Tartans made this a memorable Homecoming by effectively boxing out the Tomcats for most of the game, capitalizing off of all of their possessions, and never losing energy and excitement throughout the game. The Tartans have a break next week, but will play host to the Titans of Westminster College on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.